Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full  maintenance contracts .
We have many  tables now  in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £95 to £115 per month and no VAT to pay !  … price depends on model of table and cloth choice grade and colour of  cloth at re-cloth time  ( prices as of  16/11/2022 ) .  ***  We now stock the new Match table from supreme as used in Ultimate pool competitions on TV .
The price of charge of pool table is normally £1 a play and will soon be making you profit per month .
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can  , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .

initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year  , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .

we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament  as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .

Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system

we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .

the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from  your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .


*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day  at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool  players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford .
I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards .
I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham .
although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings
and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius
.so no conflict of interest .
John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on .
I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~
Sorry no Boys to carry on the business .
Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 .
having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor .
of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street .
Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years .
I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter .
I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin .
I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts .
I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .

I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table .
But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele .
I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on .
I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables .
a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you .
To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas .
let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement .
So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s
I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time .
So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet .
and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old .
he fully retired just before I started there .

One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924

other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
NG24 1UA
tel 01636 612030

I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .

but just to refresh what we are about .

This is what we do
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .

Recently Dismantle transport deliver and erect plus Re-cloth of Rare BCE OAK Westbury snooker table .

The last two days we have been down to Havant near Portsmouth , to our selling client who wanted us to advertise the Family’s Rare Oak BCE Westbury snooker table with steel cushions , rumoured but no receipt or provenance of being used at a final in the 80’s involving Steve Davies .
Not many Oak ones where produced and I seem to remember a couple of finals of various snooker competitions on TV in the 1980’s / early 90’s that did use an Oak BCE table in the Final .
Just to show how rare it is to find one in oak , I have only worked on one and that is this one , yet I have worked on hundreds of Mahogany ones in the past .

this is the BCE Oak Westbury before Dismantle in Havant near Portsmouth .
We dismantled and at the same time re-clothed the cushions to save time on our delivery day the next day .

Our delivery address was near Diss in Norfolk and required an overnight hotel on the way as we had been up since 6am on the road from Nottingham and got to the Hotel at Thetford Norfolk at 6pm , here you see the frame being installed and levelled
before the slates where placed on top .
Note the straight edge 6ft Stabila digital level and on top an Engineers level .
this table was an early BCE type and had no Adjustable muntin’s ( slate bearers ) but has a thicker slate bed , that had been hand floated , a sign that it could have been used in a final as most BCE tables used slates out of the crate unfinished and not hand floated and would have been around 1/8th thinner slate .
The 5 section Exact 2 inch thick Slate’s placed on the frame ready to be centralised and pinned together
The Strachan 6811 tournament Cloth Fitted
The finished table
The cloth of choice by my client after informing him of the different grades makes and weight and wear factor .
Some may have chosen a match cloth , but would not have got the years wear out of the cloth .
this one sits between Match and thick Club cloth .
A new set of thicker Peradon Extra Extra Broad bow leathers and high quality Peradon nets where fitted as the thin BCE ones never last long , and being out in the country of Norfolk , not an easy place to get to if they required re-placing and more to the point expensive to be called out to just do pocket leathers and nets replacement from Nottingham to Diss , it was decided to go for longer lasting materials over genuine thin BCE leathers .
Not that most people would know the difference , it is well known that BCE thin leathers can last only weeks , before showing signs of splitting where the ball hits .
The old set had two pocket plates that had leather’s split and discoloured pocket nets .
Cloth fitted perfectly around the middle slate fall , a sign that the fitter knows how to fit cloth
have a look at the tables in your own club to see if there are any deep V cut, or ballooning of the cloth or even wrinkles .
It takes years to train a Billiard fitter to do this , it is not learnt overnight .
The very nice matching BCE scoreboard , that came with the table .
the name plate badge on the end cushion panel stating Westbury , BCE Bristol and made in England my Client was delighted with his Purchase , he had contacted me some time before with the request of a steel block Match type table and had initially stated he wanted a Riley aristocrat , until I showed him this one .

BCE tables where used as TV tournament final table by the WPBSA from 1982 to 1992 , to find if this table was used in a final I think a certain amount of looking at photos of finals and videos to see if an oak one can be found being used .
The deceased father in law of the seller bought the table from Hargreaves in the early to mid 1980’s and it was understood it was a table used in a final that Steve Davies was one of the participants in that final , without the lost receipt , and any certificate of provenance , so the selling client can only say Rumoured to be used in .

My clients room is very large and has an annex room plus office space and a toilet , this building is in the garden of his house in Norfolk .
BCE tables are not the easiest tables to fit , most have bolts missing around the pockets as they do not align easy and lazy fitters leave them out or the manufacture of them meant the bolt hole did not align , this one had every pocket bolt in place .
but they take some aligning up to fit .
we arrived around 10 am , and the table was finished by 4.00 pm
We did not rush the job took the occasional tea and lunch breaks , and made sure the table was fitted correctly .
BCE Westbury and Riley Aristocrat tables with steel match play cushions sell for good money , they are two of the most wanted tables requested by buying clients , but to get those higher prices they must have the steel cushions , I do get a few selling clients claiming to have steel cushions only to find they have the normal club wood cushions .
A quick photo of the table by email of the pocket and cushion area , and I can inform them if it has steel cushions or not .
Condition is also crucial to getting decent prices for these sort of tables and Rarity , such as Oak finished tables rather than the common Mahogany ones .

At GCL billiards , Our Movano 35cwt van can carry around 1600kg including driver passenger tools and load , and just comes within the legal load limit of a modern full size table taking care to load correctly , some older thicker welsh slate and heavy wood and cushion tables are too much to carry for this 35cwt van , and may require a larger removals van to keep within the law.
99% of modern table’s are within the legal limit for this vehicle .

GCL billiards like to keep within the law for load weights , and will not transport a table if too heavy .
We also do not do stairs anymore , having been in the Billiard fitting trade since 1976 , my back is now too fragile to carry slates up and down stairs , and a couple of years ago decided no more stairs and only , Ground floor Dismantle and load , to ground floor unload and install , only a couple of steps is our rule now .
we can ramp that and wheel the slates up or down 2 steps .
I have done my fair share of lifting slates up and down stairs , let the younger fitters do it now , but do not be surprised if you find even young fitters will not take on this work .
I now turn all stair work down , with the rule of no more than two steps .

Away for two days relocating a table .

no one answering phone calls or emails until Friday 11th November .
I am down in Havant near Portsmouth and have to relocate to diss in Norfolk a full size snooker table
Also a re-cloth and other work involved too , so will be an overnighter back on Friday 11th November ,

Another full size snooker table has become available for sale at just £500 the cloth is as new

The table has just been re-clothed then unused
price is for the table as is on site NOT SET UP

if you want a price for dismantle ,load delivery and set up on ground floor , ask Geoff at GCL billiards for a quote please give him full address to deliver to to work out the miles involved .

the table is in between Northampton and Bedford . MK43 area . and is on the ground floor .
be quick if you want this one relocating before Christmas as we are getting booked up fast .
just remember we do not do stairs anymore any set up will have to be on ground floor and no more than two outside steps .

As you can see , the cloth looks unused , and new nets and leathers plus the wood work looks re-polished too
Turned legs , table will come complete with scoreboard and accessories
BUT please note the price of £500 is for the table on site , any dismantle and delivery and set up costs will be extra
Please get a quote off Geoff Large at GCL billiards to arrange this .
the table is just £500 as it stands buyer to arrange removal .

8 Foot Billiard / snooker dining table immaculate condition for sale …Offers

NOT ONE TO BE MISSED , an 8ft Billiard diner rarely come onto the market in this condition .
just in time for Christmas , for the home , the man cave , or dining room .
Table playing size is 8ft by 4ft .
We have been assured this table is on the ground floor

We have a client based in Broadstairs Kent
who is offering her 8ft diner / snooker table for sale , at this moment in time we are open to offers .
The table as you can see is in immaculate condition and is a copy of an original Riley diner .
It has heat protection padding table cover
a wood sectional table top that removes to then reveal a 8ft by 4ft billiard / snooker table with all accessories that are seen in the photos .
offers to Geoff at GCL billiards , buyer to arrange collection and removal from home .

Table with wood tops on and also protective heat padding
Table with heat protection pads of showing immaculate wooden dining leaf dining top in 4 removable sections
and now you can see the very nice condition cloth and all the accessories that come with the table
Cue Rack
Pool balls
Snooker Balls
5 Cues
2 Triangles
1 x rest

Make an offer , if I think it is reasonable for all that is on offer , i will then forward it to the selling client for approval .
The table is in Broadstairs Kent , we are a billiards company that could quote for the dismantle delivery and set back up , but we are based in Nottingham and will be charging from that set off point to any round trip , for estimates of work .
*** We only do Ground floor to ground floor installations , and it is up to the buyer to make sure this table will fit in the room and also that it can be passed through doorways on its side on a trolley in its 8ft 8 inch length with cushions on .
but you are free to use any billiard or removal firm in the country .
You do not have to use GCL billiards , but the cost of removal is not in with the selling price please take that into account when offering a price for the table as it stands on site .
any removal costs will be down the Buyer .

Very rare Riley Serpentine Billiard / Snooker cottage dining table for sale £1750.00p

This is the rarest form of the Riley dining table that was made
The Serpentine design was not an easy option to manufacture so not many where made when compared to the normal square or turned fluted leg design
If you read my write up for the different types of tables that where made by riley in the Riley diner series you will see what I mean .
please click and paste this to read .


The table that is now for sale is this one , a 6ft by 3ft playing area
which was fully re-rubbered and also new re-cloth bed and cushions for a client of mine a couple of years ago and was never used so the playing area is as new .
Steve the owner has had the table tops retouched up due to a mark in it to present it for sale .
And what a time to sell just before Christmas , this will make a wonderful gift not only for the person who plays snooker or pool , but to the whole family . and will become one of those sought after pass me downs from one generation to the next .

As you can see the cloth is as new , note the serpentine wave in and out of the sides and ends of the table cushions , the matching hard wood mahogany 4 leaf tops match this also .
The 4 table top leaf’s that pin into each other also have the wavy Serpentine design that makes this table a rare design one in production numbers , it was more difficult to produce serpentine than just straight cushions .
and at this moment in time a 7ft version is for sale at £3000 on eBay , and in nowhere near as good a condition as my Clients table .


in fact a few on ebay at much more money than we are asking for this nice example listed above .


You could buy a REPRODUCTION at also £3000 , but this is an original one and at just £1750 , is excellent value , if you need a quote for collection and delivery then please ask Geoff at GCL billiards ,
also if you send a courier van and you of course inform him of what he is picking up , we can also give a price to bubble wrap all parts in dismantle form and load the courier up , but you will of course , then have to unload and put it back together .

*** PLEASE NOTE The advert cover photo is a library photo to give an idea what the table will look like with nothing around it , it is at this moment stored in a room with a lot furniture hence why no photo from a distance could be took .
Please look at the two photos in the listing to see what you are purchasing .
You will not be disappointed with your purchase at this price for one of these .
the table could be collected in a large estate car but a transit sized van is recommended .
Table is located in Beeston Nottingham .
Not far from Junction 25 of the M1 . if you wish to view before purchase , but there is no Bartering for this table.
it is a fixed sale price , and at a just above trade price rather than a retail one which should be closer to £3000 .

The problems trying to re-cloth an outdoor table that is not an outdoor table

I would like to explain without naming anyone why I turned this job down
a local person contacted me to see if i would re-cloth an outside table , I quoted for a speed cloth as this is the best cloth for outdoor use .
But on studying the photos I could see the wood work or shall we say Fibre board is swelling very badly , this means water has got into the construction of the fibre board and is welling it , all though my client insists this table has not got wet as it has a roof over it , but the surrounding damp and condensation is enough to effect the table like this .

As you can see this table has had some serious damp issues , this table is a DPT table I think , an early one that has removable plastic trims on the edge that clip on and off to reveal the bolts heads that you unscrew the cushions off .
very often these plastic trims go hard and break up on removal they lose all pliability and are best warmed with a hair dryer to remove to make them soft .
very often when you get a pool table that has been outside , the bolts rust into the cushion threads making it impossible to get the cushions off in severe cases .
I have had this in the past where once you start the job you are obligated to finish it and that could mean hours of extra work trying to get the cushions off and also having to replace the damaged plastic trims if you break them on removal .
this may mean ordering some ( IF THEY STILL MAKE THEM ) and revisiting using more time up that was not allowed for .
Modern tables do not have the trims anymore , and use a Allen key fixing bolt accessed underneath the top surround .
It is through past experience of re-clothing these tables which are not supposed to be outside even under cover .
that you can come across one that will give you grief if you attempt to re-cloth it .
so this one I’m afraid I have turned down , and you can see from the state of the top surround swelling my reasons for this .
it is very rare for me to turn a job down , especially if it is just down the road form me , but I have made the decision not to to save me any grief .
They may be Lucky and get someone to re-cloth it , but this table will not last long outside it will deteriorate very quickly over the Winter months .
If you need to have a table outdoors this one in my opinion is the best one to get , made from decking timber , it would still require being under cover , but damp will not effect it as much as a fibre board body table .

Any table placed outdoors even if the manufacturer says and markets it as an outdoor table , will suffer from damp issues , and metal bolts will start to rust especially the cushion fixing bolts and slide or claw nuts .
Over 47 years of fitting and re-clothing tables I have seen enough outdoor tables , in my time to know and inform of this problem of condensation damp and rain if no roof over .
When anyone asks me what table I recommend for outdoor , I often say NONE , but the above decking one seems to be one that will offer more protection body and top wood wise , but they will still suffer from bolt rusting through damp ingress .
Most people often retire their outdoor table for the winter put it in the garage or insulate it and put a good waterproof heavy duty weather proof tarpaulin over it .
You will always get condensation outside covered over roof table , in a UK Warm or cold climate though , even if you do take those measures .

I have passed on another local East midlands fitters name for this client to contact ,but stressed they must show them the same photos for their opinion . a 2nd opinion so to speak .

Coming soon , BCE Westbury steel cushion table in Rare Light Oak ….. NOW SOLD DEPOSIT TAKEN

Now sold and table move arranged through GCL billiards

old advert read

This table is based in the Havant Portsmouth Area . and is now available for sale from it’s private owner direct .
The price is £2500 for it as it stands with all equipment like scoreboard balls and rests .
You will then have to pay for dismantling loading , delivery unloading and set up by a qualified time served billiards fitter , and it will require a re-cloth , and maybe new nets and leathers depending on condition when inspected on strip down .
you may even think about a re-rubber if using it as a main feature match table in a club .
Very rare to find one in Oak which alone would draw attention to it and a main attraction to a club to play finals on .

Photo’s are just a taster better photos to follow soon from the seller .
very rare to find these now for sale and even rarer in Oak .

the last price I can find on these BCE tables in mahogany was £8000 plus delivery and set up , but they will now be closer to a Riley aristocrat price , but look again this one is OAK , you would have to pay extra for a Oak table .
They are sought after tables , prized as being one of the best steel tournament cushioned tables going
Even John Higgins sold his own match star table and replaced it with one of these BCE Westbury’s sourced by GCL billiards .
But John’s was a mahogany one , there are thousands made in mahogany , but only a few special ordered oak ones where manufactured so rare to find , and I think will not be up for sale long before someone spots it for what it is , and compares the price of say a new Riley Aristocrat , which are £14193.60p new today on the riley web site , for comparison ask Riley how much they will make a BCE Westbury for in Oak .
Then come back and bag this Bargain , this would make an ideal club match table .

Riley now market and make the BCE Westbury and have relaunched it and advertised it as the ,


The BCE Westbury Snooker Table; 1982 – 1992. As used at the World Professional Snooker championships and other televised events.

BCE are re-launching the iconic BCE Westbury Snooker Table as used by the WPBSA between 1982 – 1992 when the motivating factor was, the table selected for these WPBSA events was the best in its class.

Click on this link or paste it , to see a … Light OAK …. BCE Westbury being used as a Final table in the Masters Snooker final of 1985 Alex Higgins V Steve Davies .